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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Sep 7, 2012 12:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Whoa....All Engines Stop!!

Pre-hiatus? To each his own I guess. I think he did his best work later. 'Everything Grows' in '87 and 'Raffi In Concert With the Rise and Shine Band' from '88 are phenomenal. As was Raffi On Broadway in the early '90s (yes, we went).

At least that's what my then 3 year old daughter would have said. If you disagreed with her today about Raffi's best years, you would probably get a knee-buckling eye roll and a "Whatever...."

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Sep 8, 2012 6:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Whoa....All Engines Stop!!

Well, I really haven't analyzed Raffi's music enough to assess which era is best. I just checked the dates on a few tunes I remember liking as a kid, and they were mostly from the '70s and early '80s. I'll take you and your daughter's word that post-hiatus Raffi contains the most inspiring and compelling music. Sounds like his impatience with children was the reason for his hiatus:

“he found it difficult to perform for younger kids (under 3 years old) because their short attention span was distracting to him and to the rest of the audience”

Interestingly, I think many children's entertainers, authors, etc. weren't too fond of children. I remember seeing an interview on Colbert Report with author Maurice Sendak (Where The Wild Things Are), who essentially admitted that he doesn't like children. I've also heard that Scharles Schulz (Peanuts comic strip creator) wasn't too fond of kids.